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The Governing Body of Watford Field School (Infant & Nursery) are a dedicated team of volunteers. We provide strategic leadership and accountability to the school by:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Co-Headteachers to account for the education performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors are not directly involved in the day-to-day management of the school as this is delegated to the Co-Headteachers and Senior Leadership Team who report back to the Full Governing Body twice a term. Governors use this information to support them in strategic decision making.

The school’s Governing Body consists of 13 members: 4 Parent Governors, (elected by Watford Field School (Infant & Nursery) parents), 1 Local Authority Governor (appointed by Hertfordshire County Council), 1 Staff Governor (elected by the staff at Watford Field School (Infant & Nursery) 1 Headteacher (2 Co-Headteachers), and 6 Co-Opted Governors (appointed by the school’s Governing Body). Each Governor has a range of skills and experiences which are utilised in supporting the school.

The full Governing Body meet three times each a term to review the school’s performance, in particular pupils’ progress and attainment, as well as meetings for smaller worker parties.  Governors also take on specific linked roles which involve meeting with lead members of staff to review impact against key priorities and statutory duties.  In addition to this Governors also attend school events throughout the year and celebrate the life of the school.


Name & Position of Responsibility Category of Governor (elected ) Term of Office Declared Interests Link Governor Role Attendance 2017-2018

Mrs Angela Butcher


Co-Headteachers Ongoing Co-Headteacher n/a FBG 6/6
Mrs Nicky Selby Co-Headteachers


Ongoing Co-Headteacher n/a FGB 6/6


Mrs Emma Staddon

(Chair of Governors)

Co-opted Governor


From 15/02/13

To 14/02/21

None Declared
  • Finance Governor
  • Pay Committee
  • SIP Priority 1
FGB 6/6


Mrs Sylvia Spearpoint

(Vice Chair)

Co-opted Governor From 01/12/15

To 30/11/19

  • Headteacher Performance Management
  • Safeguarding
  • Children Looked After
  • DPO
FGB 5/6


Mrs Judith Haggar LA Governor


From 01/01/17

To 31/12/21

  • Headteacher Performance Management
  • Pay Committee
  • SIP Priority 2
FGB 5/6


Mrs Karen West Staff Governor From 01/12/17 to 30/11/21 School Office Manager
  • Pupil Premium
  • SIP Priority 2
FGB 6/6


Mrs Fran Elliott Parent Governor From 23/05/18 to 22/05/22
  • SIP Priority 1
  • Headteacher Performance Management
FGB 4/6


Mrs Helena Jackson Parent Governor From 01/01/18 to 31/12/21
  • Health and Safety
  • SIP Priority
  • Website
FGB 6/6


Mrs Emma Russell Parent Governor From 01/12/18

To 30/11/22

  • SEND
  • SIP Priority 2
  • Pay Committee
FGB 5/5
Ms Joanne Kelly Parent Governor From 02/09/19

To 01/09/23

  • Wellbeing and Mental Health
  • SIP Priority 3
Mrs Joanne Wiles Clerk to Governors Ongoing Employed by school n/a n/a
Vacancy Co-opted Governor
Vacancy Co-opted Governor
Vacancy Co-opted Governor
Mr John Knibb Parent Governor No longer a Governor – Resigned FGB 0/3
Mr Jai Bhambra Co-opted Governor No longer a Governor – Resigned FGB 1/4


Mrs Butcher

I have been qualified as a teacher for 14 years now and I am now in my fourth year of headship.  I began my career in Lancashire before moving to Hertfordshire in 2014.  I have a passion for Early Years and specialised in this area for 6 years.  My aim as Head Teacher is to ensure all children have every opportunity to reach their full potential, to recognise each child’s individual strengths and to ensure all children develop a love for learning.


Mrs Selby

I have been a teacher for the past 14 years and as Deputy Head I work alongside the Head Teacher and the staff team to ensure that all pupils have a positive and engaging learning experience. As staff governor I work closely with all members of the Governing Body in all areas of school life.  Having two young children of my own enables me to have a deeper understanding of child development and the important role that school plays.

Emma Staddon

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in March 2013 and am now a Co-opted Governor.  After being Vice-Chair for a year, I was elected as Chair of Governors in September 2017. I have three daughters all of who have been through Watford Field Infants and Nursery school; one has just moved into Year 3 at the Juniors and my other two daughters are at Rickmansworth Secondary School. I have previously volunteered at the school and also played an active part in the parents’ association, FOFI (Friends of Field Infants). As well as being a busy mum, I also work part-time in Training and Development for a car finance company. I really enjoy cooking, reading, socialising with friends and writing lots of lists to keep organised!

Sylvia Spearpoint

I am a mother to 3 daughters and have been a nurse for more than 30 years.

I have had links with the school for 15 years, as a parent and professional. I am very happy to be continuing my relationship with Field Infants as a co-opted governor.



Helena Jackson

I applied to join the Governing team as a parent Governor when my son was in Reception. Having seen him enjoy such a good transition from nursery, I was keen to be involved ‘behind the scenes’ to help encourage further excellence throughout the school. I have a younger daughter as well who will be coming up to join her brother in a few years. In my day job I work for the Council engaging Hertfordshire residents to recycle and reduce their waste. I also run a baby library where cloth nappies and baby carrying slings can be tried and hired. In the limited free time I have, I enjoy arts and crafts, attending local events and baking cakes – often containing vegetables, to varying levels of success!

Fran Elliott

I joined the Governing Body as a parent governor in May 2018, I have one daughter now in Year 3 and I have happily watched her develop throughout her time in this lovely school from her very first day in Nursery to today.  I am an active member of FOFI and have also watched this group grow in numbers and continue to support raise funds for the school as well as organise fun events for the children and parents alike.  I work full time in a busy retail environment so working with people is something I’ve done my whole career. It’s hard squeezing everything in at times but as the children, parents and teachers are all so engaging here it doesn’t ever feel like hard work to be involved.

Emma Russell

I joined as a parent governor in 2018 when my son started in Reception.  I have 2 children and I work in marketing and fundraising for a local charity supporting children and adults with learning disabilities.  I am passionate about ensuring all children have an equal opportunity to reach their full potential and enjoy their learning journey through school.  I am an active member of FOFI (Friends of Field Infants) and enjoy helping raise funds for the school.